Phil Richardson uses his experiences of bat watching around the world to describe their complex life cycles. He reveals where to watch and study bats, how to help conserve these often threatened mammals and how different species have adapted to varied environments. Discover also how their role in pollination is crucial to the environment in which they live.
The author also debunks common bat myths. Bats will not fly into your hair and they are not blind. Most find food and avoid obstacles in the darkness not by vision but by using their remarkable and highly developed sense of echolocation.
Wherever you live there are likely to be bats near you. So discover more with the help of this easy to read, approachable and beautifully illustrated book, now updated with striking new images and the latest research. However, the book is not described as a new edition.
'This colourful, informative book contains everything that you would ever want to know about bats and their habits. It covers a wide range of different species of bat and contains detailed and clear pictures, offering an insight into a world that is generally hidden from us.' Natural World, magazine of The Wildlife Trusts
Preface; Bat evolution, diversity, classification and biology; Bat behaviour; Megabats; Microbats; A tail to be told; Carnivorous bats; As plain as the nose on your face; Vampires and relatives; Vesper bats; Glossary; Index; Further information.
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Phil Richardson is a science teacher by day and spends evenings and holidays working with bats. He helped popularise bats in the UK by making them appealing to the public in TV and radio presentations, and in the setting up of a number of volunteer bat groups and the Bat Conservation Trust, the national body involved in bat conservation. He is the author of Bats (2000).